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Calhoun's

6515 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919-4826
(865) 673-3377
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Ranked #138 of 942 Restaurants in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Oak Ridge, Tn
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179 reviews 179 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Reservations were made for Saturday evening but turns out they weren't needed. Not busy at all. We had great service but dry, poor quality ribs, pulled pork that was dry, but chicken tenders and grilled chicken breasts were done properly. The sides were great. Excellent spinach maria, corn pudding and mac & cheese. The loaded potato skins were also great... More

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Chicago
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We wanted to like this restaurant as it is local. Admittedly, we are not chain food people, so this was a bad choice for us, but we were hungry and tired. Food was super friend and my salmon was so bad the manager comped my meal. (It smelled bad when it came to the table and was very dried out.)... More

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Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We have been here many times, but we may have had our last visit. The beer has never been great but the service has always been good. Tonight we had to ask to get a side dish delivered. Same with the bread. And that was after flagging down the server. The server never checked back with us and, without asking... More

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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We passed this restaurant after our flight was 3 hours late and pulled in for dinner. When we saw that it was only 20 minutes until closing time, we started to walk away when someone poked their head out of the door and invited us to come in. The waiter was great. He suggested a great local beer from the... More

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Lima, Peru
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121 reviews 121 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We were disappointed in the barbeque served at this Calhoun's location. Lots of pork but a mild, tastless sauce made the dish not very good. Lots of better places for barbeque in Knoxville. Service was very good.

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Hixson, Tennessee
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67 reviews 67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I've been to four Calhoun's restaurants and while they're all excellent, I prefer the original one with the silo on Kingston Pile next to Pellissippi Parkway. In fact, I worked there as a server back when I was in college in the 1980s. The food is great. They won best ribs in America two straight years (awhile ago) for a... More

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Young Harris, Georgia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We came to Calhoun's on a recommendation. Our friend had said make sure to get the spinach maria. When we got our menus & I started looking for bbq beef there was none. Nope. I understand I'm in the South & pork is the big deal, but not everyone eats pork. I wasn't in the mood for chicken & with... More

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Rocky Top, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

From my experience, if you want Calhoun's, just don't go to the Kingston Pike location. Calhoun's food is amazing generally but my last visit was to this location and it was terrible. When you pay for prime rib you want it to be good. It wasn't though, it wasn't even hot. My grandmothers BBQ ribs were so burnt that the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This was an unexpectedly good restaurant with a selection of BBQ, steaks, and other comfort foods. The Filet Mignon was tender and properly prepared. Fresh cornbread, biscuits, and Parmesan-crusted rolls was served with the meal. The drinks were generous and service was excellent.

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Echo Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We were in Knoxville in March while on vacation and wanted to try some of the local barbecue. This was actually our second choice as our first wound up being closed on this day. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was pleasant. The prices were reasonable. We have every intention of returning when we come back.

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